AAA Editor Notes
Chihuly Garden and Glass is on the Seattle Center grounds near the base of the Space Needle at 305 Harrison St. Fans of American sculptor Dale Chihuly, rejoice: This is the most comprehensive collection to date of the world-renowned artist's works in blown glass. Exhibits in eight galleries demonstrate how Dale Chihuly pushed the boundaries of glass art in concept, execution and presentation.
Exhibition Hall, a 12,208-square-foot indoor pavilion, features glass stems illuminated with electrically charged neon; the Sealife Room, a collection of sculpted starfish, octopi, sea urchins and other marine life forms; and the self-explanatory Mille Fiori (which means “a thousand flowers” in Italian).
The design of the Glasshouse, a 40-foot-tall glass and steel structure filled with natural light, is based on Chihuly's lifelong appreciation of conservatories and showcases one of his largest suspended works, a 100-foot-long assemblage of flowers in hues of red, yellow, orange and amber. In the outdoor sculpture garden, trees, plants and flowers are a real-life backdrop for glass forms that mimic nature, from reeds and cattails to herons and seal pups.
Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.